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December 24, 2013

Assessor’s office hosts Ugly Sweater day

DUNCAN — Many styles have made a reappearance from previous decades, though possibly one of the most surprising has been the overdone Christmas sweater.

A trend that stemmed from over-the-top styles of the 1980s, ugly Christmas sweater parties were one of the most popular celebration themes of 2012 and doesn’t seem to be slowing down this year.

Even office parties get in on the fun like the Stephens County Assessor’s Office did last week. Every employee took the idea and ran with it, as they do with several occasions throughout the year.

“We’ve never done an Ugly Sweater Party,” said Jennifer Ferguson, with the assessor’s office. “We have had Hawaiian, Mardi Gras and Halloween theme parties.”

When temporary employees experience their last day in the assessor’s office, it is generally turned in to an occasion by some kind of theme. Employees dress up and bring snacks. Of course, certain holidays aren’t left out either.

When asked who had the best sweater of them all, Cathy Hokit was voted as most creative. The county assessor herself wore a sweatshirt that had been cut to look like a vest. All the hems were lined with tinsel and beads.

Underneath she wore a red shirt that read “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal,” one of the infamous lines from the film “Home Alone.”

“It was a concoction of my daughter, Lori,” said Hokit. “She made it for her office party and now I’m wearing it.”

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